Water: Cause of WWIII

Adam E. Badenhorst
7 min readSep 8, 2018
@park_stella via Twenty20

Conflicts and wars have been the pinnacle of power in our society. Whether it’s about religion or global supremacy, there is always a motive to be the most powerful. To win and conquer. Now, there are other factors such as politics, racism, fascism, or some other extreme ideology that contributes significantly to the start of a war. The world has seen two world wars both triggered for different reasons, but with a root cause of chasing and fulfilling a political agenda. Take note, WWIII is looming and will be the greatest test to humanity

Essential commodity for survival

Water is an essential commodity for survival. Let’s just put this out there. If there is no water, then humans nor most animals can survive. Perhaps there could be some bacteria or an animal that could survive. Perhaps they would mutate over generations so that they could survive and reproduce. Could there be some kind of evolution making them resistant to water or survive with water ? It’s entirely possible, but not guaranteed. Considering the fact water is essential, it will become a coveted commodity by all as the population booms.

Limited supply

The fact the planet is heating up, more evaporation happens, and thus there is naturally less water. Take that on top of the human factor — two fold if you think about it. The first is the sheer fact that there are more people and those people are drinking more. The second fact is that pollution and poor infrastructure is killing the only fresh water that we have to drink. Of course, some could say desalination is an alternative — the Israelis have figured that one out quite well. If you don’t believe me, ask the Capetonians who were struggling for water and could buy desalination equipment and plants from Israel to solve their problem in the future.

That’s a short-term solution to the problem. Because, we continue to use pesticides that go into the rivers and tributaries, it eventually flows into the ocean. Once that happens, then the water is contaminated and it becomes more costly to clean and desalinise. The question is if methods currently available could clean the water sufficiently on a large enough scale. Assuming there is no fresh water lakes or other water sources left, then it becomes virtually impossible.

Adam E. Badenhorst

Enterpreneur. IT & Heritage Consultant disrupting industries. AI, blockchain, SaaS, ERP.